Lewis is a civil rights icon who is no stranger to protesting. In June he led the sit-in on the House floor over Republicans failure to consider stronger gun restrictions after the massacre at a club in Orlando.s
He said he never imagined “that one day I would be sitting in on the floor of the House of Representatives.”
“But sometimes things get so bad we don’t have a choice but to find a way to dramatize the issue, to educate and inspire people. More than 85 to 90 percent of the American people are with us,” Lewis said.
Lewis told Ohio delegates that their breakfast was his first convention speech, even before speaking to his own Georgia delegation.
“It is Ohio. It is Ohio. It is Ohio,” he said.
Lewis called voting the “most powerful non-violent tool” for change in a democracy.
“Some people gave a little blood, some people died for the right to vote,” Lewis said.
He said after 50 years of progress some Republicans want to take the country backwards and “I don’t want to go back.”
Lewis said Americans owe it to their children and grandchildren to not elect Trump.
“If the other party wins, I’m thinking about moving someplace, maybe to some island,” he joked.